Premier League: GW32 Retrospect

You’ve heard the adage, “measure twice, cut once.” That could have been applied this last gameweek to my transfers, as I took a -4 hit to start the week. It was a week in which my squad came through to gain me a fourth consecutive green arrow, as my ascent up the OR continues. Moving forward there are few midfield concerns, as well Harry Kane. Does he make the cut now?

With the international break sandwiched between the end of BGW31 and the start of Gameweek 32, fantasy managers had a few weeks to activate and work their wild card. For me, no such luck, as I activated my second WC for GW23. I used my FT to bring in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the Monday after BGW31 finished. Per my plan, I was planning on a -4 to bring in Matt Lowton, to take advantage of the WBA match up, as well as having  a fixture in GW35, Unfortunately, it wasn’t until I accepted the transfer that I realized I wasn’t necessarily planning on Lowton starting this game week.

Defensively, I started a back line of Lowton, Virgil van Dijk and Paul Dummett. Initially, it was Ake in the starting XI, but with the addition of Lowton, I moved the Cherries defender to the bench and lost out two additional points, as he picked up a late assist. Dummett led all defenders with 6 points on the back of a clean sheet. In between the sticks, David de Gea kept his first CS in the last 5 games in a 2-0 victory over Swansea City.

Overall, it was a positive contribution from the midfield. Henrikh Mkhitaryan was left out of the starting XI with Europa league action midweek, home to CSKA Moskva, but did come on for a 14 minute cameo. Arsenal looked better with him on the pitch, on for the last 2 goals. Up to that point, the Gunners didn’t look very good through the midfield. He’s a bit of a concern moving forward,

Mohammad Salah (#AlwaysCaptainSalah) grabbed the armband again and 14 points, while David Silva answered with 11 points on the back of a double assist game in City’s  3-1 win over Everton. Fifth midfielder, Luca Milivojevic continues to sparkle, as he picked up another spot kick and scored his 9th goal on the season! Riyad Mahrez, on the back of blistering form came up with no attacking returns against Brighton but still has good fixtures moving forward and a bur/SOU double in GW34.

Up front, Aubameyang left it late, but picked up a brace and 13 points, while Roberto Firmino didn’t return any attacking points, the second time in three weeks. There was some consideration for starting Cenk Tosun against City, but I kept him on the bench, even though Everton did pick up a goal. Lots to think about moving forward.

On the back of 69 points (65 with the -4 hit) I sit on 1830 overall points after GW32, which saw me climb to 187k (improvement of 41k), best OR since GW15 (171k). It’s a great time to be flying high, as we are approaching the business end of the season. However, it seems to get more challenging from this point on, just a gameweek away from DGW34, which many fantasy managers are gearing up for.

With no second wild card, I have been reevaluating my squad. Like so many others, the news of Harry Kane on the bench in GW32 was a surprised and a 16 minute cameo could be the England forward plays this coming week, away to Stoke. It was late, but Arsenal put 3 goals past Stoke this past week, who knows what an in from Spurs team could do.

The other line of thinking, Spurs won’t need to Kane with the likes of Hueng-Min Son, Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela. I was a staunch advocate of NOT bringing Kane back, as it will disrupt further DGW37 plans by investing £12.7 back into him. Man City COULD have the league won by this weekend with a win over Man United, so Spurs are playing for second place and trying to keep in that last UCL spot. It’s possible that Kane returns for DGW34, playing one or both (MCI/bha).

At this point, adding Kane will cause confusion in my back line, as I was looking at adding Marcos Alonso, Eric Bailly and possibly Ederson to beef up my defense, as I feel this will be key to DGW37. Kane won’t allow me these premium defenders/goalkeeper and would require me to rework the plan I had put in play a few weeks ago. I will have more on Kane in the coming weeks.

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